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Institutional Accreditation

SEARK College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation ensures that the programs and personnel of the College all meet standards to provide quality educational offerings.  More information can be found at or by calling (312) 263-0456
The current path for accreditation is the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). This pathway is currently being phased out by HLC. SEARK participated in a virtual site visit in March 2020,  and will have a verification visit in late September, after which, the College will follow a new pathway (either Standard or Open) for accreditation.
For reaffirmation of accreditation, SEARK composes a systems portfolio to describe the College’s processes and outcomes. The portfolio includes:

  • An Organizational Overview
  • Description of SEARK College Processes, Results and Improvements (AQIP Categories)
  • Index to the HLC Criteria for Accreditation

SEARK submitted its final Systems Portfolio on the AQIP Pathway in June of 2019. The College has received a Systems Appraisal of the Portfolio and a Quality Checkup following the virtual site visit by HLC reviewers in March 2020.  A verification site visit is scheduled for late September 2020, circumstances permitting.

Systems Portfolios and Timelines

2019 Systems Portfolio (PDF)
2015 Systems Portfolio (PDF)
2011 Systems Portfolio (PDF)

More information about AQIP Pathway can be found at

Institutional Memberships and Accreditors

SEARK College maintains professional membership and accreditations from the bodies listed below.  SEARK is in good standing with each of the bodies.  For further information about accreditations, please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs at (870) 543-5961).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology/ Surgical Assisting
Alliance for Community College Innovation
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
American Technical Education Association
Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Arkansas Community Colleges
Arkansas Council on Student Services
Arkansas College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Arkansas Distance Learning Association
Arkansas Higher Education Council
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
ARKLink Library Consortium, Inc.
Associated Industries of Arkansas
Association of Community College Trustees
College and University Personnel Association
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions
Council for Opportunity in Education
Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Online Learning Consortium
Moodle by eThink
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Council of Instructional Administrators
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Council for Occupational Education
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations
National Council on Student Development
National League for Nursing
National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators